Special Dossier: Echoes of War
How to support Israel during this crisis
Please donate generously at any of
the websites mentioned below.
has an extensive list of agencies needing support to help house Israel
families displaced by the war. It's worth perusing this site to see
the range of assistance that Israelis are providing to each other
through emergency housing, summer camp programs for displaced kids,
donations of food, baby and kids clothing and toys, etc.
Donation information for particular
agencies can be found through this site.
Friends of Magen David Adom (Israeli Red Cross) has 750
ambulances on active duty to care for wounded people in northern
Israel due to Hezbollah attacks. Magen David Adom emergency crews have
been working double shifts in the north since the outbreak of
hostilities. At the same time, calls to MDA have increased nationwide.
Magen David Adom is bearing a large burden as many of its personnel
are reservists who have been called to duty.
Ulpan Akiva "Hatzafon Be Libenu" ("the north is in
our hearts") Campaign is currently housing many Israeli families displaced by
Hezbollah attacks in the north, and is seeking financial support to
help house and feed these families. To donate: send checks to: Ulpan
P.O.BOX 6086 Netanya 42160, Israel or email
them your credit card number.
Israel Fund was recently featured in our Networking
Central column. They provide emergency assistance to Israel 's northern
residents, especially minorities, new immigrants and other
disadvantaged groups. Some examples include:
- NIF grantee Israel Association for Immigrant Children has opened a
hotline in six languages which
received nearly 2,000 calls during the first two weeks of the
fighting. The Association matched callers from northern villages,
towns and cities with Israelis in the center and south of the country
who were willing to take in "refugees." The hotline also
provided emotional support and information about residents' rights as
to work and property damage from missiles.
- Veteran NIF grantee Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) of the
Movement for Progressive Judaism in Israel (Reform) has opened a guest
house at Kfar Silver near Ashkelon for 200 northern residents fleeing
the fighting, and has arranged home hospitality for an additional 50
Israelis from the north. IRAC has provided food packages and emotional
and spiritual support for dozens of families who remain in the north.
- Immigrants for a Successful Absorption has received emergency
support to run a summer camp in the Negev for 20 new immigrant
children from the North.
- Supporting Community: Women's Business Development Center has been
given emergency support by NIF to assist small businesses in the north
affected by the situation.
- NIF grantee Sot El-Amel Laborer's Voice has opened a hotline for
Arab Israelis living in the north to help them with problems relating
to their economic and employment rights in the current crisis.
Friends of the Israeli Defense Force initiates and helps support social, educational, cultural and
recreational programs and facilities for the young men and women
soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. FIDF also provides
support for widows and orphans of fallen soldiers.
Concern for Helping Animals in Israel
(CHAI) just brought 4 tons of food and hundreds of plastic water containers
to the northern Israeli settlement of Nes Amim, near Nahariya, where
volunteers immediately began the process of distributing it to
abandoned animals in need throughout the region.
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